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Leadership Lorain County hosts 2013 Difference Makers Gala

Leadership Lorain County will celebrate this year’s distinguished leaders at the 2013 Difference Makers Gala on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Spitzer Conference Center. The Gala will honor individuals and an organization that have demonstrated remarkable leadership, while making a significant impact on the community.

The 2013 Difference Makers include:

Excellence in Leadership Award:


Michael & Dina Ferrer

Michael & Dina Ferrer, Director of Programs, Lorain County Urban League &

Coordinator, Lorain County Community College Learning Center.

In its press release, LLC state that: “This power couple uses its influence to make Lorain County a better place to live by dedicating their combined energies to target minorities and youth in underserved communities to help them overcome challenges.

“Together they have coordinated the annual Leadership Conferences for the Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP) for 17 years. It brings together more than 56 social service, non-profit, state and local government agencies, civic and ethnic clubs, local schools and foundations.

“Dina’s accolades are impressive: In 2009 she was selected as Woman of the Year by the First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio and received the “Nuestra Familia” award from the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs for her work with the Latino community. In 2006, she was honored with an award by Lorain UMADAOP for being an “Extraordinary Individual.”

“Michael has more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing educational youth programs, particularly aimed at “at risk” youth. A highlight of his career includes piloting a Diabetes Prevention Program for Latino and African-American males, which is now a national model funded by Pfizer and the National Urban League. His innovative ideas to reach today’s youth are inspiring.”

Other award recipients include:
• Excellence in Leadership Award:

Donald Sheldon, M.D., President & CEO, EMH Healthcare. 

• Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership:

Gail Stumphauzer, Director, Margeau's Free To Be Project.

 • Excellence in Leadership Award, Organization:

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.

Editor’s Note: Leadership Lorain County (LLC) cultivates a diverse network of innovative leaders who envision what the county and region can be, empower themselves and others to deliver positive change, and expand their awareness of community issues and resources. Through the signature leadership program, youth opportunities, internships, and board and organization training, LLC participants experience both personal and professional growth opportunities. These opportunities enhance their leadership roles as they engage in service that transforms our county into a stronger more effective community in the region.


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